By Caitlin Kelly
The gift list returns!
As someone who’s been assembling this annual holiday gifts list for years, I love sharing it with you and seeing which items start to gain traction.
I get no income from this at all, just the fun and pleasure of curating it.
The list includes small indie makers, a few large companies and offerings from Europe and North America – from Scotland to San Francisco.
If you’re ordering from afar, order soon!
I’ve also chosen many less expensive suggestions this year, as inflation is biting us all so hard already. Only one is near four figures and most are $300 or less, several at $20-60.
I refuse to use Amazon since I loathe Bezos’ labor policies. So every choice is something to order, ideally, directly from that vendor.
I don’t offer specific options for tech, for kids or teenagers – sorry! – but choose items I think would delight anyone stylish, probably ages 16 to 90.
The list includes art, homewares, purses, scarves, winter wear, jewelry, slippers, books and more.
I hope you find some great choices!
And away we go…
I discovered this 16-year-old store, as I often find so many great ideas, in the weekend Financial Times. Roam around their stylish website for all sorts of lovely things. I really liked this small (four by six inches) print of a bird hovering over a rural landscape, easy to frame inexpensively as well. $48
Nothing nicer than a cozy knitted hat for winter, this one striped, made in Nepal. $20
An odd choice but possibly perfect for the right person – a lightweight, strong storage box, useful for kitchen utensils, art supplies, desk things, a kid’s bedroom? It comes in orange, deep blue or gray. $65
This British website is brimming with lovely items, many for tabletop and entertaining. I love these two tiny owls. $36.70
It’s not easy to find lovely, unusual earrings at a good price, that use real jewels. I think these, brushed sterling with four tiny sapphires in each, are terrific value and very stylish. Sold by classic San Francisco retailer Gump’s. $275
Another pair of small stud earrings made by the same designer, in splurge-y diamonds and gold. If our book sells, I might do it! $990
Also from Gump’s four elegant small canape plates $110
A gorgeous wool throw – in black, brown and white checks $165
I found this amazing designer, Rowena Dugdale, who lives and works in Wester Ross Scotland, on Twitter. For 14 years, she’s been making unusual and very beautiful small purses and change purses using digitally printed images of nature, and at extremely reasonable prices.
Small purse $27.50
Her silk kiss-lock purses are $84.50. Possibly perfect for your fussy teenager?
Hard to go wrong with a pair of suede and wool slippers – these, for women, come in black, tan and a gorgeous bright purple, from the Garnet Hill catalog (which has lots of other great choices!) from Uggs. $100
But oooooh lala, this cardi is so sexy and pretty and very high on my wish list! From cool-girl brand Sezane, whose Paris-inflected styles are utter catnip for me – feminine but not twee and whose prices seem fair to me. This sweater comes in 17 colors and I’d love about five of them! $120
Sort of Goth. Sort of High Victorian. Imagine it filled with bright orange flowers! Tall navy blue pitcher entwined in the coils of a coiled serpent, from the high-drama creator House of Hackney. From Anthropologie. $68
For him! This is one of my favorite indie retailers, Sid Mashburn, offering all sorts of classic but non-boring menswear. This burnished leather card case is stunning, the sort of thing you might bring home from Florence. In seven colors. $125
Also, for the guy in your life who loves cars – this coffee table book of stories and images of legendary cars and their owners. $45
I love an old-school badger brush and razor shaving set — this one is elegant and classic, from Caswell-Massey. $225.
Love this graphic black and white wool scarf, a nice choice for men or women (and non-binary folk!) From the fantastic gift shop of the Metropolitan Museum of NY. $95
Or this one, in black and gray wool, with cool Peruvian patterns. $95
Check out these little gems – Tiffany favrile style round glass magnets $22
This Kiddush cup is very beautiful, by the talented metalsmith Michael Aram $105
The classic cat mug! $22
These kitchen knives are gorgeous – deep blue handles. I bet a new homeowner/fresh grad would love them $159.95
You can’t always get what you want…but how about this gorgeous coffee table book about the Rolling Stones? $80
On the grimmest, greyest winter’s day, a splash of deep purple is just the ticket! Cashmere scarf, unisex. Comes in 13 other colors! $170
I discovered this website, Inoui, and want everything on it! The name means “extraordinary” in French — and it really is. It’s quintessentially French, with fantastic color combinations and classical designs but a great sense of playfulness. There are leather handbags, laptop cases, throws, scarves and even super-stylish shopping totes. This 25-inch square silk square scarf comes in four stunning color combinations. $120
I love this pretty 8 by 12 inch china tea tray from uber-chic designer La Double J, and appreciate the stylish exuberance of everything she produces – roam around! Perfect for afternoon tea for two or an elegant breakfast in bed. $250
Salad servers in olive green, from my favorite cutlery company, Sabre, and one of my favorite Manhattan shops, Il Buco Home $65
An hour of my coaching, for you or any ambitious writer of journalism, content and non-fiction. $250
These fun winter neckwarmers from one of my favorite athleticwear companies, Title Nine. Six versions! $30
Baby (and adult) elephants! Back again – a former member of the holiday gift list. A long-established trust that allows people to sponsor the care of an orphaned elephant, or several. $50 and up